Destination: Grape Island
Greetings from Branching Out. This is Bukhari Brown here writing on the behalf of our work this week. For the last three days we have once again gone out to the Boston Harbor Islands for another project in removing invasive species. This week we were on Grape Island, named for the grapes that grow here. This island is one of the most untouched islands in the entire national park. It comprises of two drumlins connected by a freshwater marsh, one of very few freshwater areas in the entire park. Our removal project was based around removing harmful non-native species such as Mile a Minute, Buckwood, honeysuckle, and bittersweet. We were only successful in identifying these ecological threats with the assistance of our technical expert Bill and Jess: a biological technician working for harbor islands along with other national parks such as Saugus Iron Works and Fredrick Law Olmsted national historical site and a (insert Jess’s info)With their help, we were able to use our hand saws and loppers in order to remove these invasive species. At the end of the project we were able to remove a substantial amount of these invasives and gave native plants a fighting chance at surviving and sustaining the ecosystem of the park. Though we worked in heavy rain and hot temperatures on an island with a large tick population, it feels great to know that we have had an outstanding impact on the ecosystem of the island. Until next time, toodles!
Here are a few photos from our project on Grape Island: